Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Dance of Hope and Faith
“In his great mercy he has given us...a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ...In this you greatly rejoice, though for a little while you may have had to suffer grief...these [trials] have come so that your faith...may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:3-4, 6-7.
If we are walking this earth we are alive and breathing. The other certainty that accompanies our journey is that we will suffer trials of various kinds while on earth. This morning the word ‘living’ jumped off of the page when I considered the hope that God has given us through the resurrection of Christ. Our hope cannot be some dead attitude but a hope that is alive and breathing. It is a hope that can expand beyond limits...a hope that as long as it is breathing will be maturing and actively progressing towards our inheritance.
What does an inheritance look like on earth through our hope staying alive and anchored in Christ? It looks like the hope of a new job to a man out of work. It looks like healing for a heart who has sustained the death of a loved one. It looks like fresh life being pumped into a stale marriage. An inheritance is hope that God will change the heart of a wayward child.
God has already been merciful in His gift of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Our hope and future inheritance will be grounded in the refinement of our faith. Through our emerging faith hope cannot stand still. Hope dances to the same tune of faith and cannot forsake itself. As our faith might be stunted by unbelief so will our dance. God has reached out His hand and invited us to come to the dance and be His partner. As we spin around the dance floor God will be revealed and through our living hope we will have a future inheritance...a future song in our hearts of God’s faithfulness.